Cricket match at Mandalong
Every year Southern Districts takes a team an hour and a half up the east coast to a place called Mandalong. The land is owned by a man named Sterling who decided a few years ago to put a cricket pitch in. Ground facilities include an electric scoreboard, a true-playing wicket, garages as changing rooms, and high quality toilets and an outside shower.
The match was against Linfield C.C who also play in the Shires league and as both sides had pommies playing we were voted to captain each side for the toss.. the captaincy of Southern Districts then became in game captaincy as well which i loved doing. We decided to play the state level version of a one dayer.. 20 overs by team A, then 20 overs by team B, lunch, then 25 overs by team A, then 25 overs by team B. This versoin was new to everyone but worked out well.
At the end of our 20 overs we were 120ish for 5, i batted at 3 and hit 19. We then had them 80 for 6 from their 20 overs. We then put on around 90 so they had to chase about 110 to win. We ended up winning by 28 runs and bowled them all out. I finished with figures of 4 overs 1 for 10 and took 3 catches in the day.
This was without a doubt my favourite match for the club even though it was a friendly. Captaining the side to victory was awesome!!!
The real games then began with a few drinking games, one being stumps:
Teams of 3, Down a drink, run up to a stump go round it with your head on top of it 11 times, pick a ball up and pass it to the next person in your team. Sounds simple however in reality.. its incredibly difficult and funny.
We left the ground at around 8.30 and headed for home.. only to end up at Pennant Hills Inn half way home for a few beers (few being an understatement) and watched England rip Australia apart in the first T20 match.